Copenhagen designers GamFratesi have designed a prototype desk with a cave-like shield on top to create an intimate working environment.
Called Rewrite, the desk is presented at GamFratesi's solo show at The Danish Museum of Art and Design.
See GamFratesi's Cartoon chair in our earlier story.
GamFratesi recently won Denmark's Walk the Plank Award 2009 for excellence and craftsmanship in furniture.
Here's some info about Rewrite followed by a statement about the Walk The Plank Award:
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The idea behind Rewrite began as a study of the desktop and especially an atmosphere and feeling we believe is needed even in the middle of an accelerating communication and technology. Rewrite is thought of as a kind of isolating working bubble, that can work as a satellite desk anywhere one can feel the need of concentration and shielding – in open space offices, public spaces or at home. With its rounded shape it can be placed freely as dots in a room. A private base in the group without being a denial of it, but an addition to it causing an alternative.
In our design of the desktop Rewrite we have worked on creating a meeting between something well known and something surprising. The table is therefore traditional in its form and material, but when the big screen is added, both proportions and historical references are brought out of balance. In the table functional elements have been integrated as a white lacquered metal box, which is attached under the table in order to hide cables and transformers, and the cable exit in the tabletop is white lacquered too.
The screen is upholstered and covered with textile because of its visual and acoustic characteristics. It has a cave-like shape and creates a secure and intimate sphere, which partially closes out disturbing light and sounds. It has a double-sided acoustic function that protects against noise from the outside as well as from the inside.
GamFratesi receives “Walk the Plank Award 2009”
The Walk the Plank Award 2009 has been awarded the furniture designers Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi. In occasion of the award, GamFratesi will show a solo exhibition of their work at the Danish Museum of Art and Design from September to December 2009 and at Trapholt Museum from March to September 2010. The Walk the Plank Award is given to a furniture designer who in his or her work is able to work in accordance with a refined craftsmanlike standard and a thorough aesthetic appreciation.
The exhibition includes a special project/installation created in occasion of the award, with two new projects Not bamboo lamp and Rewrite. As well the exhibition is showing a selection of work made by GamFratesi studio during the last years, in collaboration with Casamania, Swedese and Gubi.
The award recipient has been chosen by a committee consisting of:
Bodil Busk Laursen, Museum director, the Danish Museum of Art and Design ; Mette Dalby, Curator, Trapholt Museum; Louise Campbell and Sebastian Holmbäck, designers and organizers of the Walk the Plank Project; Keld Korsager, director of Danish Furniture